Viewing, Editing and Printing Images
Super SteadyShot Optical
Image Stabilization: Sony's Super SteadyShot system
uses sensors to detect camera movement while it sends correcting signals in
order to stabilize the lens. This system results in the reduction of image blur
and camera shake when shooting in low light.
Internal Memory: The Sony
Cybershot DSC-H5 is equipped with a high-capacity 30 MB internal memory for
storing still images and movies. You can store up to 459 picture files (VGA,
Standard) or about 21 minutes of movies (recorded at 160 size). Images are
stored on the internal memory when no Memory Stick Duo is inserted.
Memory Stick Compatibility: The
DSC-H5 is compatible with Memory Stick Duo, the shorter (1-1/4" long) version of
the Memory Stick portable recording medium. Standard Memory Stick Duo, along
with MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, and Memory Stick PRO Duo recording media are
usable in the camera. Although this unit is compatible with MagicGate Memory
Stick Duo, it cannot be used to record or play back copyright-protected music.
Note: No Memory Stick
Duo memory card is included with the camera.
Imaging Device: For optimal
image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.5"-type (7.20mm), 7.2 Mega-Pixel Super HAD
CCD imaging device with approximately 7.41-million gross pixels and
7.201-million effective pixels. Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide
excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing
sensitivity and reducing noise.
Real Imaging Processor LSI:
To improve camera response and extend battery life, Sony's Real Imaging
Processor LSI (Large Scale Integrated) circuit decreases shutter lag, improves
picture quality and clarity, and increases battery stamina.
LCD Screen: The
DSC-H5 has a 3" color LCD
screen with 230,400 pixels. The LCD screen allows you to view an image before
taking a picture and replay images that have been stored in memory.
Electronic Viewfinder: The
camera has a 0.2" LCD viewfinder with a resolution of 201,000 pixels.
Carl Zeiss Lens: The camera has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
lens. Carl Zeiss lenses are famous for their sharpness and color accuracy. The
Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for compact cameras and provides rapid
auto focus with appealing zoom range.
Optical/Digital Zoom: The lens has a 12x optical zoom and a focal
length of 6.0mm to 72.0mm, which is equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in 35mm
photography. Sony's Precision Digital zoom provides an additional 2x
magnification (Total Zoom 24x) without the jagged edges of other designs,
resulting in smoother images.
Smart Zoom: In addition to the
Precision Digital zoom, the DSC-H5 features the Smart Zoom to enlarge the image
digitally with almost no distortion. The maximum magnification varies with the
- 5M: approx. 14x
- 3M: approx. 18x
- 2M: approx. 22x
- VGA: approx. 57x
- 16:9: approx. 19x
- 7M & 3:2: Smart Zoom not
Image Size/Compression: When
recording digital still images, the DSC-H5 allows you to choose from seven image
sizes and two compression (image quality) settings--Fine and Standard. The
larger the image and the higher the image quality you choose, the better the
image will be, but it also takes a larger amount of data to preserve the image.
The image sizes include:
|7M||3072 x 2304||Up to A3/11"x17" print|
|3:2*||3072 x 2048||Match 3:2 aspect ratio|
|5M||2592 x 1944||Up to A4/8"x10" print|
|3M||2048 x 1536||Up to 5"x7" print|
1632 x 1224
|Up to 4"x6" print|
|VGA||640 x 480||For e-mail|
|16:9 (HDTV)||1920 x 1080||For viewing images on a
option records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of
3:2 to match the size of the print paper used.
Auto Focus: The camera has the
following auto focus methods using the AF range finder. These methods are easily
selectable from the menu:
- 3-area Multi-point AF: The camera calculates the distance in three
areas. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the
- Center AF:
The camera focuses only on the subject framed in the AF range finder in the
center of the image.
- Flexible Spot AF:
This method is for focusing on an extremely small subject or a narrow area.
Manual Focus: You can select a
Manual Focus mode if you want more control, or cannot achieve a good focus
For close-ups of small objects such as flowers and insects, this camera has
macro focus capability. With the zoom set all the way to wide, the camera can
focus on objects as close as 13/16" from the lens. With the zoom set all the way
to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects up to 35-1/2" from the lens.
Note: Minimum distance needed to
focus on a subject when not in the Macro mode is 19-3/4" (wide).
AF Illuminator: The AutoFocus
Illuminator, located on the front of the camera near the lens, emits red light
to allow the camera to more easily focus on a subject in dark surroundings.
Focus is achieved as long as the AF Illuminator light reaches the subject. The
AF Illuminator has a range of up to 8.8' when the zoom is at full Wide position,
and up to 8.5' at full telephoto position.
Auto Power-Off: If you do not
operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes during recording or playback, it
will turn off automatically to conserve battery power.
Lens Hood: When you shoot in bright
lighting conditions, such as outdoors, the supplied lens hood can be used to
increase image quality by blocking excess light.
Adapter: The supplied adapter allows you
to use an optional Close-up, Tele, or Wide conversion lens.
Battery Information: This unit comes with two "AA" nickel metal hydride
rechargeable batteries (1.2 Volts/2500mAh). The camera is also compatible with
"AA" alkaline batteries.
When shooting still images:
|NH-AA-DB NiMH (supplied)||LCD||
|"AA" Alkaline (optional)||LCD||
When viewing still images:
Batteries||Number of Images||Battery Life (minutes)|
When shooting movies:
|Batteries||Battery Life (minutes)|
|NH-AA-DB NiMH (supplied)||LCD||Viewfinder|
|Approximately 190||Approximately 230|
Still Image Shooting
Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Auto: The camera
automatically adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance.
- Program Auto:
Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the
shutter speed and the aperture value). You can access functions from the
- Shutter Speed Priority: You select the shutter speed, the
camera makes other adjustments. Functions available from the menu.
- Aperture Priority: You
select the aperture value, the camera makes other adjustments. Functions
available from the menu.
- Manual Exposure: You can manually adjust the shutter
speed and aperture value. Functions available from the menu.
- Scene Selection: You can select from the following
modes to shoot according to the scene conditions. (Functions available from
- High Sensitivity: The
camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur.
For shooting a distant night view. Tripod recommended.
- Twilight Portrait:
For shooting subjects in the foreground at night. Tripod recommended.
- Beach: For shooting
seaside or lakeside scenes. The blue of the water is clearly recorded.
- High-Speed Shutter:
For shooting moving subjects outdoors or in other bright places.
For shooting far away images.
The camera focus tightly on the subject.
Picture Effects: When desired, you can select one of the following
- B & W:
The image is recorded in monochrome.
The picture is sepia-toned like an old photograph.
- Natural: The image has
The image has bright and deep color.
Continuous Shooting: You can
shoot a sequence of photographs using one of the following modes:
- Burst Mode: When you press and hold the shutter button,
you can shoot images until the maximum number of images are shot. The
maximum number of images shot continuously depends on the image size and
image quality settings:
- Fine: 5 images
- Standard: 8 images
- Fine: 5 images
- Standard: 8 images
- Fine: 6 images
- Standard: 11 images
- Fine: 9 images
- Standard: 17 images
- Fine: 15 images
- Standard: 27 images
- Fine: 85 images
- Standard: 100 images
- Fine: 15 images
- Standard: 27 images
- Multi Burst Mode: Pressing
the shutter once records 16 frames in a row. You can set the interval
between frames at 1/7.5 second, 1/15 second, or 1/30 second. All 16 frames
will be recorded as one 1M image (1280 x 960). When you play back images
recorded in Multi Burst mode with this camera, the 16 frames will be played
back in order, either continuously with a fixed interval or manually
frame-by-frame in either direction. When the images are played back on a
computer or a camera without Multi Burst, the 16 frames will all be
displayed at the same time as part of one image.
- Exposure Bracketing:
Records a series of three images with the exposure values automatically
Flash Modes: The flash
automatically strobes when surroundings are dark. The recommended distance for
using the flash is 11.8" to 29.5' (wide) and 35.5" to 22.3' (telephoto) when ISO is
set to Auto. You can set the flash to one of the following modes:
- Auto: The camera decides
to use the flash based on lighting conditions.
- Forced Flash: The flash
strobes with every shot regardless of lighting conditions.
- Slow Synchro: The flash is
used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is
slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background
that is out of the flash-lit area.
- No Flash: The flash does
not fire regardless of lighting conditions.
Note: The camera also has a "red-eye
reduction" setting, which causes the flash to pre-strobe before shooting
to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. It can be turned on/off in the Set Up
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be
set to Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1000. When shooting under dark
conditions or shooting a fast-moving subject, you should use a high number
setting. When recording high-quality images, use a low number setting.
Metering Modes: You can select
from the following metering modes:
- Multi-Pattern: The image is divided into multiple
regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the
subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced
- Center-Weighted: The
camera measures the center of the image, and determines the exposure based
on the brightness of the subject.
- Spot Metering:
The camera measures only a part of the subject. Useful when the subject is a
backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the
EV Compensation: You can adjust
the exposure of an image + or - 2EV in increments of 1/3EV.
Histogram: A histogram is a
graph showing the brightness of an image. A live histogram display is available
in both recording and playback modes, making it easy to evaluate the correct
NR Slow Shutter: During long
exposures, the NR Slow Shutter function activated automatically to reduce
White Balance: When the white
balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to
the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When
shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings
manually. The White Balance settings (and color temperature settings in
parentheses) are as follows:
- Auto: adjusts the white
- Daylight: adjusts for
outdoors, shooting night scenes, neon signs, fireworks, sunrise, or
conditions before and after sundown
- Cloudy: adjusts for a
- Fluorescent: adjusts for
- Incandescent: adjusts for
places where the lighting conditions change quickly, such as a party hall,
or under bright lighting such as a photography studios
- Flash: adjusts for the
- One Push: adjusts the
white balance depending on the light source
- One Push Set: memorizes
the basic white color which will be used in the One Push mode
MPEG Movie VX: Besides
recording still images, you can also record moving images with sound. Moving
images are recorded in MPEG1 format. The following image sizes are available:
640 x 480 (Fine - 30 frames per second), 640 x 480 (Standard - 17 frames per
second), and 160 x 112 (Mail - 8 frames per second). You can also record movies in macro mode
for excellent closeups. If you want to be in the movie, you can use the camera's
self-timer feature. Movies with the size set to 640 x 480 (Fine) can only be
recorded on a Memory Stick PRO Duo.
Note: The unit's flash
will not operate in movie mode.
Approximate Still Image Recording
|Image Size||Image Quality||Capacity|
|30 MB (internal memory)||32 MB||64 MB||128 MB||256 MB||512 MB||1 GB||2 GB|
(3072 x 2304)
[3072 x 2048 (3:2)]
(2592 x 1944)
(2048 x 1536)
(1632 x 1224)
(640 x 480)
(1920 x 1080)
Approximate Movie Recording
|30 MB (internal memory)||32 MB||64 MB||128 MB||256 MB||512 MB||1 GB||2 GB|
|Movie: 640 (Fine)||-||-||-||-||2 minutes, 50 seconds||6 minutes||12 minutes, 20 seconds||25 minutes, 10 seconds|
|Movie: 640 (Standard)||1 minute, 20 seconds||1 minute, 20 seconds||2 minutes, 50 seconds||5 minutes, 50 seconds||10 minutes, 40 seconds||21 minutes, 40 seconds||44 minutes, 20 seconds||1 hour, 31 minutes|
|Movie: 160||21 minutes, 50 seconds||22 minutes, 40 seconds||45 minutes, 30 seconds||1 hour, 31 minutes, 30
seconds||2 hours, 51 minutes, 20
seconds||5 hours, 47 minutes||11 hours, 44 minutes, 20
seconds||24 hours, 18 minutes, 20
Viewing, Editing and
Viewing Images: Still and
moving images can be played back on the camera's color LCD screen, or the images
may be transferred to a computer, where they can be displayed or manipulated
with the use of compatible software. In addition, the images can be played back
on a television (NTSC or PAL), if the television has an RCA composite video
Index Mode: In addition to
viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once
in the index mode. This feature lets you to display 9 images at a time, allowing
you to easily find the image you want.
The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. The
interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 3, 5, 10,
and 30 seconds or 1 minute. You can select Folder play (all images in the
selected folder) or All play (all images on the Memory Stick Duo). When repeat is selected, the images
are replayed in a continuous loop.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You
can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at
once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting an image, it can be protected.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge
a recorded still image and record the enlarged item as a new file. To select the
area to be enlarged, you can move the enlargement "frame" up/down/left/right
with the directional keys, and adjust the zoom with the W/T button. You cannot
use Playback Zoom with movies or images shot in the Multi-burst mode.
Images: After an image is captured (still images only), you can resize the
picture and save it as a new file. Images can be resized to 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M or
VGA. The original image is retained even after resizing. You cannot resize a
picture to a 16:9 or 3:2-sized image.
Print Order Mark: You can place
a print order mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is
convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF
(Digital Print Order Format) standard.
PictBridge Compatible: You can easily print images recorded on
this camera by connecting it to a PictBridge-compliant printer. You can connect
the camera via the supplied USB cable.
Exif Print (Exif 2.21): The DSC-H5 conforms to "Exif Print," a
worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white
balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is
captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information
to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the
time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer
to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even
better than the originals.
PRINT Image Matching III: PRINT
Image Matching III (P.I.M. III), the newest version of a technology developed by
Seiko Epson Corporation, ensures that P.I.M. III-enabled digital cameras and
printers work together perfectly to produce the best possible prints. After an
image is captured, the camera automatically tags the picture with numerous
optimal image settings and includes it as part of the Exif Print header in the
JPEG file. A P.I.M. III-enabled photo printer reads and utilizes the information
in order to make the most accurate print.
Note: Cameras with
P.I.M. III are completely backward-compatible with printers with the
original P.I.M. and P.I.M. II technology.
Software: The DSC-H5 comes with
Cyber-shot Viewer, which allows you to do the following:
- Import images shot with the
camera and display them on your computer
- Organize images on the computer
into a calendar by shooting date
- Retouch, print, and send still
images as e-mail attachments
System Requirements: The
supplied software can be used on a Windows PC but cannot be used on a Macintosh.
Your Windows computer must have these minimum system requirements:
- Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows
Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional
- CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster
(Pentium III 800 MHz recommended)
- Memory: 128 MB or more
(256 MB is recommended)
- Hard Disk: 200 MB or more
- Sound: 16-bit stereo sound card with stereo
- Display: 800 x 600 dots or more colors; High
Color (16-bit color, 65,000 colors) or more